Preferencing Trainee Pharmacist Programmes
What is preferencing?
Preferencing is the process by which you choose and rank the programmes that you are interested in applying for through the Oriel system.
There will be approximately 2600 programmes being recruited to, so it is extremely important that you give yourself enough time to review and think about what type of programme you are interested in undertaking and where it is.
In 2017 there were a number of applicants who were not offered places because they did not preference enough programmes or only those that were extremely popular. There were also applicants that were made offers against preferences they were not 100% happy to undertake. To avoid these preferencing issues, we recommend thinking carefully about the programme content before preferencing; are you happy with the hours? Is the commute reasonable/economical? These are just a couple of the factors you should be considering.
IMPORTANT: You will be able to actively preference programmes during the preferencing window (28th July 2021 - 29th October 2021).
You may also wish to undertake some research such as visiting employer websites or attending open days. Links to the websites for all employers offering training programmes as part of the recruitment process will be available as part of the programme information within Oriel.
We have also listed all the programmes and employers in a Microsoft Excel Work Book which you can access here.
IMPORTANT: The more time you spend researching and thinking about where you would like to undertake your pre-registration training the smarter your preferences choices will be.
Analysis from the 2017-18 recruitment highlighted a variation in the popularity of places. Hospitals places were very competitive which was reflected in the high fill rate. Fill rates were broadly highest for hospital, large community pharmacies, independent and then medium size employers.
For further information about preferencing and fill rates from the 2017-18 recruitment, please refer to the National pre-registration pharmacist recruitment evaluation report (Phase 1).
More information about how to preference is in the applicant handbook under section 4 plus watch the easy to follow 'How to Preference' video available below.
Every programme being recruited to through the recruitment process will be listed in the preferencing section of the application. Programmes will be displayed as preference codes and will be presented in the following way:
NORTH BRISTOL NHS TRUST/Bristol/BS10 5NB/0001
Please note: If a programme is able to sponsor a Tier 2 applicant, they will have a T2 within their programme preference code for example:
NORTH BRISTOL NHS TRUST/Bristol/BS10 5NB/T2/0001
IMPORTANT: If you are not subject to any visa restrictions, you will be able to preference all of the listed programmes, including the programmes that are marked as T2.
Disclaimer: Programme information is correct at time of publication but is subject to change until verified by the employing organisations.
The preference section of the application form presents you with three categories which you are able to move your preferences between; preference, no preference and not wanted.
When you first look at the preferencing section of your application all of the programmes listed will sit within the No Preference category.
No Preference: All of the programmes will initially sit in this category. This will mean that you are willing to accept any of these programmes should you not be successful in being offered any of your positively preferenced programmes. They will not be offered to you in any set order as they are not ranked in this section. If there are programmes which you are most interested in, you are advised to rank these within the Preference category.
Not Wanted: This is the category you should move all of the programmes you are not willing to accept. You will never be made an offer to any of the programmes you move into this category after you have submitted your preferences.
Preference: This is the category you should move all of the programmes you would actively like to be considered for. You will need to rank all of the programmes you move into this category starting with the number 1. This number indicates the order in which you would like the programme to be considered. If you are unable to rank programmes, leave them in the no preference section.
IMPORTANT: You may have as many programmes in each category as you wish however we actively encourage you to preference a minimum of 30 to increase your chances of being made an offer.
Remember, any programme within your ‘Preference’ or ‘No Preference’ category could be offered to you, so you must be sure that you are willing to work for the employer.